In no order of importance:1. All About H. Hatterr by GV Desani2. Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya3. The Financial Expert by RK Narayan4. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie5. English, August by Upamanyu Chatterjee6. The Trotternama by I. Allan Sealy7. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy8. The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth9. The Serpent and the Rope by Raja Rao10. In Custody by Anita DesaiJEET THAYIL was born in Mamalasserie, Kerala, and educated in Bombay, Hongkong and New York. His four poetry collections include English and These Errors Are Correct, which won the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Award for poetry in English. He is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. As a musician and songwriter, he is one half of the contemporary music project Sridhar/Thayil. Jeet Thayil's novel Narcopolis won the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and was shortlisted for five other prizes, including the Man Booker prize, the Man Asian Literature Prize and the Commonwealth Prize.